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|Transitioning From Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11.1 Oracle Solaris 11.1 Information Library|
The Oracle Solaris 11 software is distributed in packages that are managed by the Image Packaging System (IPS). After you install the OS, you can access package repositories to install additional or updated software packages on your system. With IPS commands, you can list, search, install, update, and remove software packages.
Software management includes the following components:
IPS command-line utilities – IPS includes pkg commands that install and manage packages from the command line. IPS commands also enable you to manage package publishers and copy or create package repositories.
IPS repositories – An IPS repository is a location from which you can install software packages.
Boot environment management – Boot environments (BEs) are bootable instances of an image. The beadm utility is used to create and manage boot environments.
Note - No upgrade path from Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11 is available. You must perform a fresh installation, but first review the migration features in Table 1-3. You can use the pkg update command to update one or more packages from one version to a newer version.